- The definition of a lee is a sheltered or protected area, or the direction away from the wind.
An example of a lee is a basement in a tornado.
- shelter; protection
- a sheltered place, esp. one on that side of anything away from the wind
- Naut. the side or direction away from the wind
Origin of leeMiddle English le ; from Old English hleo, shelter, akin to Old Norse hle, Dutch lij, German lee (in leesense ) ; from Indo-European an unverified form leu- ; from base an unverified form el-, warm from source Classical Latin calere, to be warm
- designating, of, or on the side sheltered or away from the wind
- ☆ facing or located in the direction toward which a glacier moves
- Lee, Ann 1736-84; Eng. mystic: founder of the Shakers in America (1776)
- Lee, Charles 1731-82; Am. general in the Revolutionary War, born in England
- Lee, Henry 1756-1818; Am. general in the Revolutionary War & statesman: called Light-Horse Harry Lee
- Lee, Richard Henry 1732-94; Am. Revolutionary statesman: signer of the Declaration of Independence: cousin of Henry
- Lee, Robert E(dward) 1807-70; commander in chief of the Confederate army in the Civil War: son of Henry
- Lee, Tsung-Dao 1926-; Chin. physicist in the U.S.
- Nautical The side away from the direction from which the wind blows.
- An area sheltered from the wind: in the lee of the boulder.
- Cover; shelter.
- Nautical Of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind: the lee gunwale.
- Located in or facing the path of an oncoming glacier. Used of a geologic formation.
Origin of leeMiddle English le, from Old English hlēo, shelter, protection; see kel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
- (sailing) The side of the ship froward the wind.
- A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection.
- the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
From Middle English lee, from Old English hlēo, hlēow (“shelter, protection”), from Proto-Germanic *hliwą (compare German Lee (“lee”), lau (“lukewarm”), Swedish lä, Danish læ, Old Norse hlé, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (compare Welsh clyd (“warm, cozy”), Latin calēre (“to warm up”), Lithuanian šiltas (“warm, pleasant”), Sanskrit शरद् (śarad, “autumn”)).
- An English topographic surname for someone who lived near a meadow (the Anglo-Saxon for meadow being ley or leag).
- A surname of Chinese origin, a variant of 李 (pinyin: Lǐ) and other less common names such as 黎 (Lí) and 理 (Lǐ)
- A surname of Korean origin, a variant of Rhee (Hanja: 李; Hangul: 이 & 리)
- A male given name derived from the surname, or a nickname for names such as Leo and Leroy
- A female given name popular in conjoined names such as Lee Ann or Mary Lee.
- Any of various place names, including a river in England, and a river in Co. Cork, Ireland.